New recycling scheme for takeaway coffee cups

Cup of Costa Coffee

The UKs largest coffee chain is starting a new recycling scheme for takeaway coffee cups.


Costa coffee is to launch a recycling scheme in all of its stores to ensure that as many as possible of its own coffee cups and also those from its competitors are recycled. Customers will be encouraged to leave or return their coffee cup to a Costa store, where they will be stored on a bespoke rack. Costa’s waste partner, Veolia, will transport them to a specialist waste processing plants, which have the ability to recycle them.


The scheme was successfully tested in stores across London and Manchester and will now be rolled out nationwide by the end of January. Costa’s message is clear ‘we recycle any paper takeaway cup, no matter what brand’.


Managing director of Costa Coffee UK and Ireland, Jason Cotta said ‘As the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, we want to make it as easy as possible for the public to recycle their used coffee cups. Our research in Manchester and London shows around 40 cups per day are left in stores, which means we have the potential to recycle 30m Costa cups a year. What’s more, the fact that we will accept competitors’ cups means we could significantly increase that figure’.


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